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                                Rolando Sanchez

On the Scene: Rolando Sanchez

On the Scene: Rolando Sanchez

Things We Love

                                “DanceFit With Monica” is a collection of 10-minute exercise videos.
Things We Love … while staying at home

We asked staffers from the Star-Advertiser to reflect on some of the good things that came from abiding by the stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the things they loved. Read more

She Speaks

                                The Backstreet Boys performed at the Neal Blaisdell Arena for their “DNA World Tour.”
She Speaks: Will Hawaii concertgoers ever get to see today’s popular music stars?

In recent years, we’ve seen plenty of ’90s-era performers announcing shows in Hawaii. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if performers at the height of their success — such as Adele, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, just to name a few — announced concerts in Hawaii? Read more

In the Lineup

In the Lineup: Ownership aside, Tonggs sea wall belongs to surfers

Nowadays, I also get glares from vacation renters in the waterfront houses. ­Every time I walk the wall I miss the warm, neighborly local families who lived here before. Read more

Five-0 Redux

                                “Hawaii Five-0” ended its historic 10-season run on April 3. It began airing in 2010 starring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. By the time the series concluded, the only main cast members who remained from the first season were O’Loughlin and Caan, along with Taylor Wily and Dennis Chun, who were moved up to the main cast after the exit of Kim and Park at the end of the seventh season.
Five-0 Redux: After ‘Hawaii Five-0’ finale, here’s a look back at the series’ best episodes

The episodes were chosen by fan reaction, the strength of the overall character arcs, acting by the cast, and the writing and directing of the episode. Read more

On the Scene

                                Rolando Sanchez
On the Scene: Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez was a teenager when his grandmother completed the paperwork required to bring him and his family to join her in the United States. Read more

Garden Party

Hawaii Kai duo grow an oasis that benefits the body and soul

The garden keeps them busy but provides plenty of benefits for this engaging couple. Read more

Hawaii Gardens

                                Clark Leavitt (foreground) and John Drake admire the new vigorous seedlings in the raised bed created by Drake and his wife, Nyna Weiser.
Hawaii Gardens: Quarantined community excited about growing food

It’s amazing to see our quarantined community excited about growing food. There’s been so much interest that supplies were scarce for a while, but our local garden shops have restocked. Read more


                                Honolulu Star-Advertiser columnist Jeff Chung.
K-Drama: Se-hee doesn’t come home on ‘That’s the Way It Is’

This week’s synopses. Hye-gyung, shocked at the fact that Hyun-woo had a son secretly, cries in Jae-ho’s arms at the thought of how much pain Se-hee must be feeling. Read more

                                American soldiers raise a flag over Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in one of the most famous photos of World War II.
Rearview Mirror: Revisiting the Battle of Iwo Jima and other vignettes from WWII

As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, I’ve been writing a series of articles about the war, and particularly Hawaii’s connections to it. Here’s the sixth in that series. Read more


Benefit seeks to help Kauai lifeguards save more lives

Ticket sales for the Ocean Safety Bureau and the Kauai Lifeguard Association’s fifth annual fundraiser on July 27, have been slower than usual. Read more

Show Biz

                                Entertainer Cathy Foy made dinner very special for Kapolei High School junior Jade Tamashiro, whose prom was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Show Biz: Entertainer Cathy Foy brings joy to junior who missed first prom

In these times of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been an atmosphere of gloom and doom amid abundant cancellations and closures. So how about some happy news, touching and heartwarming, within our community? Read more

Wood Craft

Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood says ‘aloha’

Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood, approaching his 86th birthday, recalls his colorful newspaper career as he steps back from his regular column. Read more

Book Reviews

‘Hawai‘i Movie and Television Book’ chronicles local contributions

A new 2018 edition of the book adds 13 classic films, along with feature films, TV shows and documentaries released since the original version was published in 2015. Read more

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